Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

Pre- Professional Year:

The Alberta School of Business does not accept students directly from high school. All applicants must complete one year of pre-professional studies at a recognized post secondary institution. Pre-professional studies can be completed at the University of Alberta in a program offered by the following faculties: Agricultural Life & Environmental Sciences, Arts, Augustana, Native Studies, Physical Education & Recreation and Science. If you have questions about admission into another Faculty at the U of A, please consult the Office of the Registrar’s website or Undergraduate Admissions. Pre professional studies can also be completed at another recognized post secondary institution.

Admission Requirements:

1. Students must present a minimum of 24 credits of university transferable courses, = credits.
2. Completion of the following six U of A courses or their equivalents:

  • ENGLISH (6) – Choose two of any junior level (100 level) English course (students may substitute 3 WRS 101 or 3 WRS 102 for one 3 English course)
  • ECONOMICS 101 (3) – Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECONOMICS 102 (3) – Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • MATHEMATICS 114 (3) – Elementary Calculus I
  • STATISTICS 151 (3) – Introduction to Applied Statistics

3. Competitive GPA

Applicants must possess a minimum GPA of 2.3 on that scale in their most recent consecutive Fall/Winter session (September through to April) before their application will be considered. A GPA of 2.3 and possession of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission and historically has not been a competitive GPA. The competitive GPA has been between 3.0-3.3 in the previous admission intakes, but can fluctuate each intake due to the quality of the applicant pool and the number of spaces available in the undergraduate program quota.

How is the GPA calculated?

The GPA is calculated on the most recent Fall/Winter session (September to April) where a student has completed a minimum of 15 credits (5 half-year courses). If a student has more than 15 credits in the Fall/Winter, all coursework taken will be used to calculate the admission GPA. All courses, including failed courses if they occurred within the Fall/Winter session, will be included in the admission GPA calculation. Repeated courses, if previously passed, will have the first passing grade substituted into the calculation. The U of A uses a custom 4-point grading scale and GPAs will be converted to that scale.

Important Deadlines:

Fall 2017 Admission

February 15, 2017: Deadline to apply for Early Admission with Conditions
March 1, 2017: Deadline to apply for Fall Admission 2017
June 15, 2017: Official Transcript Deadline

Online application for Fall 2017 will open on October 1, 2016.

Make sure you submit the U of A application for admission form by March 1st in your pre-professional year. For information about admission policies,procedures and early admission conditions, please visit the U of A Calendar. If you are attending another post-secondary institution, your official transcripts and documents are required by June 15th. If you are a U of A student, you are not required to submit your U of A transcript.

Early Admission with Conditions:

Students are considered for Early Admission with Conditions in April and for Final Admission from June 15 to the end of August. Information on qualifying for Early Admission with Conditions is available in the U of A Calendar. To be considered, you must submit your application for admission and official non-U of A transcript (if applicable) to the Office of the Registrar by February 15.

Transfer Credit and Residency Requirements:

At the time of admission to the BCom program, a maximum of 60 credits for transfer credit may be eligible towards the BCom degree, pending official evaluation by the Alberta School of Business. Please note that transfer credit is not assessed officially for a student until they have been admitted to the BCom program.Please refer to the U of A Calendar for additional information on our residency requirement.

Attending Another Post Secondary:  

Some students may elect to attend another Alberta post-secondary university or college for their pre-professional year. To determine if the courses you will take are transferable to the University of Alberta, consult the Alberta Transfer Guide. You must check each of your courses individually in the guide to determine if there is a transfer agreement. If no transfer agreement for the course is found in the guide, then the course is not transferable to the U of A. If you are attending a university or college outside of Alberta, determining transferability may be more difficult. Please contact us for further information.

Questions?

For more information on the BCom program, please consult the admission and program information sections in the U of A Calendar. If you have any questions, please contact the Undergraduate Program Office.